PSA2016: The 25th Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association

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Bayesian cognitive science, rational constructivism, and implications for epistemology

This talk presents a new view on the study of cognitive development and reviews empirical work from the last decade supporting this new approach. The talk consists of three parts: (1) a review of the surge of the Bayesian framework in the last ten years, and some of the key insights gained from developmental psychology; (2) a broader view on cognitive development – rational constructivism – that argues for three types of mechanisms that drive learning and conceptual change, one of them being Bayesian inductive learning mechanisms; and (3) the implications of rational constructivism on epistemology and philosophy of science.

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Fei Xu    
UC Berkeley


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